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Tuesday, 24 July, 2001, 13:19 GMT 14:19 UK
New terminal plans under fire
Planes at Heathrow
Campaigners say the terminal will increase aircraft noise
A rally is taking place in protest against plans to build a fifth terminal at Heathrow Airport.

About 80 people gathered outside the Queen Elizabeth Hall in Westminster and picketed people as they arrived for the British Airports Authority (BAA) annual general meeting.

Opponents say it will increase aircraft noise and attract even more traffic to the airport.

Jenny Tonge, Liberal Democrat MP for Richmond Park, said: "We have got to let BAA know how strongly we feel about the continuing expansion of Heathrow and the history of broken promises on noise and pollution."

She was joined by Vincent Cable, Liberal Democrat MP for Twickenham; Darren Johnson, leader of the Green Party on the Greater London Authority and members of Heathrow Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise (Hacan).

'Horrendous problems'

Darren Johnson said: "In addition to causing horrendous noise problems, aviation is now the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions.

"We won't tackle global warming if we don't stop airports expanding like this.

"Plans for Terminal Five must be scrapped."

A BAA Heathrow spokesman said: "We need more terminal space and parking stations for aircraft.

"This would allow us to spread passengers more evenly across five terminals instead of four.

He said 59% of local people polled are in favour of the new terminal and trade unions and the business community also support it.

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